On Uncommissioned Masterpieces from the 163rd Street Subway Station


In which The Gay Recluse goes to the museum.

Consider the old panels on the subway platform wall, and observe the finely wrought precision with which each strip of peeling paint has by the hands of time been distressed in the subtlest shades of gold and silver, all displayed in a collage with the glue and paper of generations long deceased. We know there will be many who fail to see the beauty of these forgotten panels, and will respond to our assessment with scorn and disbelief. Yet before you judge, we again invite to you to behold the works in person. Here you have the abstract expression of the city itself, resplendent in decay and neglect, and to observe it for even these few seconds fills us with the transcendent bliss of true insignificance.

– The Gay Recluse, September 2007

2 Responses to “On Uncommissioned Masterpieces from the 163rd Street Subway Station”

  1. 1 Anya

    You would love the video short “The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal” — it’s like this but video, very cool. Was in Resfest, around 2003 or so, and I think it’s on one of their DVDs.

  2. Thanks Anya–will totally check this out!

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